As we're approaching the 500 Mentors mark we recently spoke to some of our most active mentors about their experience and their reasons for donating their valuable time to others. In this first interview we spoke to Michael O'Rourke, a former manager who dedicates his time to yoga, mindfulness training and leadership development. His studio Prana Love is based in the beautiful city of Cape Town in South Africa. Michael became a member in the very early days of The Mentoring Club and donated more than 50 hours to people from all continents.
Why did you decide to join The Mentoring Club?
I joined the club in June 2020 at a time when we were in a strict lock down in South Africa.
I had gone from very busy days teaching yoga in yoga studios every day and working with one-on-one clients in my home based practice, to almost no contact with others at all. In order to stay mentally strong I had to use my meditation and breathing practices every day. But it was still hard not to let the mind go to the worst case scenario.
That's when I thought that there would be many people out there that would be feeling a lack of purpose or perhaps struggling with anxiety. I had a thought that I want to help others through this difficult time. Within days of that thought I came across the mentoring club. It was meant to be. It is now a year that I have been part of this amazing platform.
What was the most insightful / funny / enlightening session you had so far?
Sometimes I can sense during a session that the mentee needs a little more than discussion and I then offer a brief meditation or a breathing exercise. It is so wonderful to know that within a few minutes we can support each other and help each other through a difficult moment, even if we are thousands of kilometres away.